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Opposition unmoved by Modi’s sentiments

New Delhi: Opposition leaders from different political parties took to Twitter today to raise concerns about the prevailing situation of a cash crunch, refusing to be swept off their feet by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to the people to give him some time to deal with black marketers.

सिर्फ़ News has already reported Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s tweet on the issue. From the same party, Shashi Tharoor mocked at the way the government has handled the situation.

Bengal Chief Minister and head of the Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee wanted a bigger time-window for implementation of the decision to withdraw Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

The other big opposition party in Parliament, the AIADMK, in the meantime, is silent on the issue. It has been tweeting only optimistic messages about J Jayalalithaa’s health for the past several days.

The fourth largest opposition party in Parliament, the BJD, is instead concentrating on facilitation of the people in these hard times. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had last tweeted on 11 November about his contribution to the process.

There has been no tweet of opposition from Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar. In fact, he had said on television after the demonetisation decision by the Union government that he supported the move.

Aaditya Thackeray, son of Uddhav Thackeray, head of the Shiv Sena, which is the sixth largest party in Parliament, has complained of police action on a queue of people outside an ATM. He believes that the real black money hoarders are going scot-free.

The Shiv Sena has had a troubled relationship with its ally, the BJP that is ruling at the Centre and is the larger partner in Maharashtra’s coalition government. More active on social media than his father, Aaditya Thackeray does feel that the Union government’s intention behind the move was “right”.

With a link to his Facebook update on the issue, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has demanded a suspension of the government policy of demoetisation. He wants the economic system to be first flushed adequately with replacement notes.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has moved on from the issue after tweeting an advice on the day the prime minister had made the announcement.

Chief Minister of the nominal State of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has been insisting for a while that there is a scandal lurking behind the move by the Modi government.

As some people await the “evidence” he produces, a previous tweet by him was re-tweeted by Banerjee where he had said that Modi was making fun of the plight of the people.

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